Identity Theft

identity theft, the use of one person's personal information by another to commit fraud or other crimes. The most common forms of identity theft occur when someone obtains another person's social security number, driver's license number, date of birth, and the like and uses it to open a fraudulent bank, credit card, cellular telephone, or other account, or to obtain false loans. Criminal identity theft, the most common nonfinancial type, occurs when someone gives another's personal information to a law enforcement officer when he or she is arrested. In addition to the financial losses resulting from identity theft, the person whose personal information has been used will have an erroneous credit or criminal history that is often expensive and time-consuming to correct. The occurrence of identity theft increased significantly beginning in the late 1990s due to the computerization of records and the ability to use another's personal information anonymously over the Internet.

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Identity Theft: Selected full-text books and articles

Identity Theft: A Reference Handbook By Sandra K. Hoffman; Tracy G. McGinley ABC-Clio, 2010
Look out for Identity Scams By Wahl, Philip R., II Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Vol. 93, No. 3, Fall 2013
How Well Do Consumers Protect Themselves from Identity Theft? By Milne, George R The Journal of Consumer Affairs, Vol. 37, No. 2, Winter 2003
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Tax Identity Theft Surges in U.S By Hutchinson, Randy The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN), January 4, 2014
But Doctor, I Still Have Both Feet! Remedial Problems Faced by Victims of Medical Identity Theft By Sullivan, Katherine M American Journal of Law & Medicine, Vol. 35, No. 4, October 1, 2009
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Preventing Identity Theft throughout the Data Life Cycle By Prosch, Marilyn Journal of Accountancy, Vol. 207, No. 1, January 2009
Data Security, Privacy, and Identity Theft: The Economics Behind the Policy Debates By Roberds, William; Schreft, Stacey L Economic Perspectives, Vol. 33, No. 1, Spring 2009
Identity Theft Victims Face Months of Hassle By Bailey, Brandon Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), December 15, 2014
The Effect of Data Breaches on Shareholder Wealth By Gatzlaff, Kevin M.; McCullough, Kathleen A Risk Management and Insurance Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 2010
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